Effective Workout Routines for Busy Stay at Home Parents
For busy stay at home parents, there are countless things you need to worry about over the course of a day. When your time is spent helping your child with homework and cleaning up spills, it can be hard to take time for yourself. However, your health is just as important when you are a stay at home parent as when you were not, which means that squeezing in a workout is essential. There are many simple and effective workout routines that are perfect for busy stay at home moms and dads.
Workout With Your Kids
It isn’t always easy to include your children in your workout, but it allows you to get the exercise that you need and foster healthy habits in your children. Stay at home parents with a younger child can use rolled up socks to mimic dumbbells and allow them to lift them while you lift the real things. If your child is older, they can hold a water bottle or lighter weight to get a workout. Including your child in your workout could also mean going on a family walk or bike ride, or even playing a game outdoors.
Workout During Nap Time
A short 15 or 30 minute workout video can be completed in the time that it takes your child to take a short nap. If you can, consider wearing your exercise clothes all day so that you are ready to spring into action when the opportunity arises. When you are already ready for a workout, you can seamlessly transition into a quick run or jazzercise tape. Wearing your workout clothes all day also helps to remind you that you want to exercise that day.
Turn Your Home Into A Gym
If you don’t have time to go to the gym, get creative with how you can use your house as a gym. Run or walk up the stairs in your home as many times as you can to replace the Stairmaster. If you’re playing with your kids in the backyard, put some pep in your step and try to run a few laps in the backyard to get your heart pumping. You can even do squats or lunges while cooking dinner or cleaning the house. When you view your house as a big gym, you can discover new and easy things to incorporate into your workout routines.
Time Management is Critical
Make the Most of Your Time: When you don’t have much time to work out, it’s important to ensure that you are doing high-intensity exercises to make the most of it. Use 10-minute strength training or cardio workouts to get an awesome, heart-pumping workout without needing to spare much time. Bodyweight exercises and a quick run up your steps or on a treadmill can give you the effective workout you want without too much time away from your family. By having numerous brief workout options at your disposal, you’ll have no excuses when you get the chance to exercise.
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